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WASH in Schools  

You are invited to join the second in a series of three e-debates on WASH in Schools, inspired by lessons from the SWASH+ Project.

Introduction to this second WASH in schools e-debate

The key question that we are raising in this e-debate is: When NGOs, donors and other stakeholders fund direct delivery of school WASH services do they undermine the commitment of national governments and communities to do so?

Within The Hague WASH in Schools Framework for Action meeting, which was held from 24-25th of May 2011, a number of key challenges and recommendations were developed as part of the joint call to action 2011/2012. One of these key messages was the importance of increased Investment in WASH in Schools, by donors in mobilizing resources to secure children’s health, now and for generations to follow.

However, increased funding does not equate wise spending; not only is the manner in which funding is spent crucial for success but some have called into question whether some types of funding, by virtue of their very source, can jeopardize long-term impact by providing services that are the responsibility of government.

Background information on the e-debates

This series of e-debates look specifically at the issue of school WASH, inspired by questions asked during the implementation of the SWASH+ Project, an action-research school WASH project in Kenya.

There are now a total of three e-debates in the first week of September, October and November. The first of these three e-debates focused on monitoring for WASH in schools cited by the JMP Post-2015 working group. The key statement for this first e-debate was “The JMP Post-2015 Working Groups have chosen the right indicators for WASH in Schools. It focused on the JMP Post-2015 Working Groups combined “Draft Long List of Goal Target and Indicator Options for Future Global Monitoring of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”. For a summary overview of this e-debate please refer to:

WASH in schools e-debate #2

This second e-debate focuses on: Funding for direct delivery of school WASH services from NGOs and donors undermines the commitment of national governments and communities. This second e-debate will take place between October 1st-5th.

We now invite you to help fire up the discussion and ensure we are all being challenged by different viewpoints!

How can you join in?

• Go to the e-debate page on IRCWASH. CreateDebate.com using this link. If you are new to CreateDebate.com, you will need to create a (free) account.

• Make sure you include your function title and organisation in your online profile so that people know who you are.

• Add your argument to the debate or write a rebuttal. You can link to another website as evidence for your argument or embed a relevant video.

• You can add as many arguments as you like but you can only cast one vote for each argument (you can change your vote).

• Remember to keep discussions civilised. We will observe a zero tolerance policy for abusive language.

Thank you for your input!

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Written by Andy

October 4th, 2012 at 12:49 am

Curtin University in Perth Australia uses CreateDebate!  

Teri Charrois from the School of Pharmacy used online debates in a private community to promote critical thinking with positive results. Both formative and summative debate tasks were carried out. The activity was delivered online using CreateDebate. It provided an authentic learning opportunity for the students to be actively engaged with.

Check out her YouTube Video!

Curtin University

Toulmin Argument Model

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Written by Andy

September 17th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

A Vision of K-12 Students Today  

Came across this cool video today that perfectly reflects the goal behind our push to get teachers using CreateDebate in the Classroom. Are you a teacher interested in using a web-based virtual learning environment to increase participation, promote critical thinking, and improve the vocabulary and persuasive writing skills of your students? Get started now!

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Written by Loudacris

September 28th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Love and Debate  

Love and Debate, a great new movie by Virgil Films, is a coming of age story about a Jewish Latina girl, Jordan (played by Gina Phillips) who finds her way through the trials and tribulations faced by teenagers.  Jordan, who grows up in a Jewish household, where the customary role of a woman is to get married to a Jewish man and have kids, aspires to make more of her life than simply what her parents expect.  

In her senior year of high school, with the help of a teacher, Coach Amal (Sean Astin), Jordan joins the debate team and quickly becomes one of the top debaters in the country, earning a scholarship to Harvard for debate. While at college she faces several horrifying experiences, but leverages the power of her mind and the human spirit to overcome the adversity and keep her life under control.

Love and Debate is a great coming of age story about a girl who wants more out of life than simply fulfilling her parents expectations, and leverages the power of debate to exercise her mind and fulfill her dreams.  Everyone can relate to this story, as we’ve all grown up and gone through the trials and tribulations of life and dealt with the tough decisions that life brings.  Also, CreateDebate users can relate to the power of debate and how it allows you to open your mind to new ideas that you have previously not considered. Check out the trailer here.

Movie Giveaway 

To celebrate the release of the new film, CreateDebate and Virgil Films have partnered to give away ten free copies of the movie to the winners of the following contests, which will run through October 9th:

  1.  The two creators of the debates with the highest “Debate Scores” during the contest.
  2.  The two creators of the debates with the most “Debate Views” during the contest.   Feel free to get creative in marketing your debate.  Post it to Digg, email your friends and family, encourage your co-workers to use it, or any other crazy idea that you can come up with to drive traffic to your debate.
  3. Two randomly chosen users who follows CreateDebate on Twitter.
  4. Two randomly chosen users who becomes a fan of CreateDebate on Facebook.
  5. Top two users with the most points during the contest.

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Written by Bryan

September 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

CreateDebate in the Classroom  

CreateDebate for the Classroom

Today we launched CreateDebate in the Classroom, which is a culmination of months of hard work put in by the CreateDebate team.  Now, teachers can leverage all of the features and functionality of CreateDebate in a private setting specifically designed for a classroom. We have worked with several teachers to understand what’s important to them and their students, and have built the site accordingly. We are giving away a free 30-day trial to all teachers who sign up for a private site.

CreateDebate in the Classroom enables teachers to customize and build an online debate community that can be easily incorporated into almost any lesson plan. Typically, teachers will create debates around questions that will build on the current course of study. The goal is to engage students and enrich the classroom conversation through peer collaboration. Debates can be conducted in the classroom “real-time” (if computers with Internet access are available) or participation can be assigned as homework and reviewed in class.

Students love CreateDebate because it brings the power of the Internet into the classroom. For instance, the debate scoring mechanism allows students to vote on the arguments written by their peers. As a result, the most compelling arguments are voted to the top of each debate. The net effect is a competition where students are striving to craft well-written, logical arguments. In addition, the CreateDebate platform includes a host of social networking features that allow students to build their own profile and make connections with their classmates.

Teachers love CreateDebate in the Classroom because it’s simple to configure and administer. It typically takes about 15 minutes to create and personalize a new debate community. The admin panel guides the teacher through set up and offers access to a wide array of features that make teaching easier. Teachers can make announcements, see who is online, track and evaluate participation, give private feedback, filter inappropriate content and more!

CreateDebate allows students to practice their persuasive writing, critical thinking, and constructive reasoning skills in a modern online environment.   Know a teacher who could use CreateDebate?  Help us to spread the word about CreateDebate in the Classroom!

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Written by Bryan

August 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

The Great Debate  

Watched a very funny VH1 show last night that deserves a shout out. The Greate Debate is a “Best Week Ever” type show where a motley crew of pop culture comedians crack rapid fire one-liners about intense pop culture debates…and hilarity ensues.

You really have to watch the video to appreciate it.

Debate It!  Supreme Diva: Whitney vs. Mariah

VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip

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Written by Loudacris

July 15th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Spring Fever Contest Results  

Congratulations to the winners of both CreateDebate Spring Fever contests. The winner of the “Tell Your Friends” contest will receive a $20 gift certificate to Clutch Tees and the winners of the “Earth Day” contest have won six great books from Hachette Book Group.

Tell Your Friends Contest Results

Congratulations to Kuklapolitan for getting the most people to join CreateDebate by using our new Site Invitation feature.  For inviting her friends to join CreateDebate, Kukla has earned a $20 gift certificate to Clutch Tees.

Earth Day Contest Results

Contest Winner Debate
Highest Debate Score JakeJ JakeJ Did Obama Lie?
Most Debate Views
Ledfoot Ledfoot
Should Bush and company be prosecuted for torture?
Twitter Follower
fjania Fjania
n/a
Facebook Fan
Hagaren414Hagaren414
n/a
Most Points
joecavalry joecavalry
n/a

 

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Written by Bryan

May 18th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Spring Fever Contests  

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and everyone is gearing up for Spring, it’s time to make sure you’ve got some sweet gear to rock when you emerge from your winter slumber.  To help you out, CreateDebate has partnered with ClutchTees.com to give away a $20 gift certificate for a free t-shirt this month.  We’re also giving away some more free books courtesy of our good friends at Hachette Book Group to keep your mind sharp.

Contest #1- Tell Your Friends (April 14th-30th)

Invite your friends to join CreateDebate and win a $20 gift certificate from ClutchTees.  Simply click here and invite all of your friends, family, co-workers, enemies, and random people on the street to join CreateDebate.  Whoever gets the most people to join CreateDebate wins the gift certificate and can choose from any of the awesome t-shirts!

Contest #2- Earth Day Celebration (April 22nd-May 8th)

Global warming or climate rotationAre Humans Responsible for Global Warming?  These are just a couple of the debates on CreateDebate regarding Mother Earth.  Well, regardless of your thoughts on these topics,  April 22nd is Earth Day, and CreateDebate wants to help you celebrate Mother Earth by giving away some great books.  Winners will be selected for each of the following:

  1.  The creator of the debate with the highest “Debate Score” during the contest.
  2.  The creator of the debate with the most “Debate Views” during the contest.   Feel free to get creative in marketing your debate.  Post it to Digg, email your friends and family, encourage your co-workers to use it, or any other crazy idea that you can come up with to drive traffic to your debate.
  3. One randomly chosen user who follows CreateDebate on Twitter.
  4. One randomly chosen user who becomes a fan of CreateDebate on Facebook.
  5. Top user with the most points during the contest.

The following books will be given to the 5 winners:
Harvest for Hope By Jane Goodall , Gary McAvoy , Gail Hudson
The Rural Life By Verlyn Klinkenborg
Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit? By Steve Lowe , Alan McArthur , Brendan Hay
Starbucked By Taylor Clark
Garbage Land By Elizabeth Royte
The Gift of Nothing By Patrick McDonnell

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Written by Bryan

April 14th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Downvoting Update  

There has been much discussion on CreateDebate about the use / abuse of downvotes on the site and certain participants getting “mass” downvoted, causing their efficiency score to drop dramatically.  In order to combat this problem and provide greater transparency around voting, we have decided to implement the following:

  1. Each downvote now costs the downvoter 1 Reward Point.
  2. The downvote is now displayed in the User’s Reward Point history.

In our opinion, the main problem isn’t downvotes, per se, but rather encouraging responsible downvoting.  We believe that flawed logic or inherently poor arguments should be downvoted, but that participants should not mass downvote a person with whom they disagree.

In our opinion, downvoting should be reserved for poorly thought out, offensive, stupid, or totally-off-base arguments.  If you disagree strongly with someone’s argument, then we encourage you to rebut their argument, citing logical fallacies, incorrect information, or poor argumentation.  In this way you can help maintain the integrity of CreateDebate and help that participant to understand what you disagree with in their argument.

If you need some reminders on how to write strong arguments, check out our previous blog post on this exact topic.

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Written by Bryan

March 16th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Mental Stimulus Package Contest Results  

Congratulations to the winners of each of the three contests that CreateDebate ran as part of our  Mental Stimulus Package in February.  This month, we gave away ninety-five books from Hachette Book Group and a $20 gift certificate to Clutch Tees.

Love Is In the Air Contest Results

Contest Winner Debate
Highest Debate Score
Frenchiak  Frenchieak

Valentine’s Day!
Most Debate Views
DaWolfman  DaWolfman

Does this saying apply to you on Valentine’s Day?
Judge’s Choice
Rothl  Rothl

Should 7th grade students be allowed to use this website?
Most Points #1
JakeJ  JakeJ
n/a
Most Points #2
joecavalry  joecavalry
n/a

 

Celebrating Diversity Contest Results

Contest Winner Debate
Highest Debate Score
DaWolfman  DaWolfman

Who was/is the greatest civil rights leader?
Most Debate Views
Frenchiak  Frenchieak

The New Pepsi Symbol?
Judge’s Choice
Xaeon  Xaeon

Is it acceptable to impinge on certain civil liberties for the sake of national security?
Most Points #1
joecavalry  joecavalry
n/a
Most Points #2
JakeJ  JakeJ
n/a

 

Show Your Tees Contest Results

Congratulations to Sparsley for proposing the Best Original T-Shirt Design for Clutch Tees as voted on by the CreateDebate community. For his creativity, Sparsley has earned a $20 gift certificate to Clutch Tees.

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Written by Bryan

March 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 am